FUPS and ADR Compliance

FUPD Regulations

There are very specific regulations put in place for companies like us that plan and build FUPDs. For information about the Front Underrun (see below) 

See this document for more information on Front Underrun

What are FUPS Devices?

Front Under-run Protection Systems (FUPS) prevent cars from becoming trapped under the front of a truck in the unfortunate event of a collision. They thereby ensure the car’s safety features such as seatbelts, airbags and crumple zones remain fully effective.

Do you require a FUPS product?

Australian Design Rule (ADR) 84/00 will now require FUP systems to be fitted to the front of all new models of heavy vehicles (over 12 tonnes) from January 2011 and to all existing models from January 2012.


Our FUPS Rated (F.R) Bull Bar and Bumper range are tested and certified to make sure your vehicle meets this regulation.
Our FUPS Compatible (F.C) Bull Bar and Bumper range are designed to fit with vehicles that have a separate stock or Whitlock Bull Bars FUPS device and will not affect the FUPS rating of your vehicle.
Our Regular Bull Bar and Bumper range are designed for vehicles under 12 tonnes which do not require a FUPS certified product.

Australian State by State Requirements

QUEENSLAND–Queensland has issued rulings on 26 metre B-Doubles. To view Class Permit No. 095-TH-08 dated 27 May 2008 click here.

NEW SOUTH WALES–Mike Hannon, the A/Chief Executive of the RTA NSW has issued regulations concerning 26 metre B-Doubles which will remain in force until 30 September 2010. To view the RTA NSW document click here.

We manufacture products that comply with page 2, Clause 3.2 and are also plating in accordance with Clause 3.2.1(b) of these regulations. To gain a full understanding of the Plating Requirements, section 3.2.1(b) must be read in conjunction with Page 4 and 5, (Part 5 Definitions). We comply with all of these except points 5 and 12 which refer to Clause 3.3.

Clause 3.2.1(a) applies only where the truck has a front-underrun incorporated into it at the time of manufacture. The requirement in this case is for a Plate to be fitted in the cab. (Only the truck manufacturer can fit a Plate to the cab.  We are authorised only to fit Plates to our own products, and we have no authority to fit or supply Plates for trucks.)

Additionally, where a protrusion, (bull bar or bumper), has been fitted in front of a steel Front Under-run or on a Front Under-run vehicle, an Approved Engineer is the only one with the jurisdiction to plate the protrusion and issue a Vehicle Modification report approving the fitment of a protrusion. This report must be kept in the truck at all times.

VICTORIA –VicRoads has issued rulings on 26 metre B-Doubles. To view TR Info Bulletin Nov. 2005 click here.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA –South Australia has issued rulings on 26 metre B-Doubles. To view Info Bulletin No. 21 and to view Info Bulletin No. 6 click here.

TASMANIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, N.T., A.C.T. –No information is available at this stage. To assist us in providing up-do-date info, if you have anything in your possession relative to this state, please contact us so that we may post it to our website.

For National CVIAA & TIC guidelines for plating click here.


ADR Compliance

In Australia, vehicles must comply with the Australian Design Rules (ADR), which outline national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft, and emissions. The ADRs are performance-based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items. Vehicles must comply with the ADRs in effect at the time they were constructed.

Below are the guidelines we design to, to ensure our products are ADR compliant.

• Up to 4 additional lights can be mounted to the vehicle
• Driving lights must be mounted at the front of the vehicle and be front-facing; they must not be higher than the front edge of the bonnet, if fitted to a bull bar or nudge bar
• Lights must be fitted symmetrically on both sides of the vehicle
• Driving lights must be securely mounted, to minimise injury in the event of a crash or accident
• Lights should not obstruct the driver’s view of the road or traffic to the front and side of the vehicle
• Light emitted should not cause discomfort to the driver directly or through other reflecting surfaces of the vehicle
• Driving lights must remain switched off when high beam headlights are not in operation
• Lights should automatically turn off when high beam headlights are turned off or the headlamps are dipped.

If you would like to know more about ADR here are some useful links:


Please note:

In our Bull Bars which have uprights (posts), the indicators will now be located in the outer uprights to meet ADR regulations.

ADR Compliant Bullbar Image